Skinceuticals • C E Ferulic • Treatments (Face)

rated 3.7(265 reviews)

Average Rating.3.7
Would buy this product again.66%

rated 2 of 5 lacysilk29 on 7/7/2012 5:51:00 PM more reviews by lacysilk29

Age: 19-24   Skin: Other, Fair   Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse   Eyes: Blue    

So I've been using this off an on. I was hoping for my skin to even out and have a pretty tone. I just mainly wanted it to clear redness and prevent against free radicals. First off I don't like the smell.. to me it is a mixture of rum and deli meat. Not something I love wiping on my face lol.. Next it's over 100 dollars. It's lasted me a really long time and I'm no where close to running out. I would just say I haven't noticed really any difference, good or bad, in my skin. The product overall I would rate as a 3 because it's neutral.. but because of the price I thought it was a 2.

I love skinceutical sunscreen but not this thing.

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rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Dimanta on 7/7/2012 1:39:00 PM more reviews by Dimanta

Age: 30-35   Skin: Dry, Medium, Neutral   Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Hazel    

My esthetician recommended and used this serum, when I visisted Spa in Miami. I was told it's amazing product that contains mostly Vitamin C, antioxidants and it's anti-aging. This product helps with pigmentation and neutralizes free radical damage, and protects against oxidative stress - the factors that lead to premature aging, loss of elasticity, and hyperpigmentation.
Sounds really good but this serum costs $146.00 - little too much. However, I received a little sample bottle that I have been using for a week. I can not tell if it does magic yet, but it is fun to apply it and I like the smell of this serum. I think it's very light brown/yellow color and it smells little bit like coffee.
As much as I like this serum, I still think it's too expensive, I better stick with my monthly glycolic ($35.00 and 30%) peels or microdermabration ($100), that I think does better job than this serum.
UPDATE: I think it broke me out a little on my nose area so I stopped using my sample at the moment.

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rated 4 of 5 cityskin on 6/23/2012 1:50:00 AM more reviews by cityskin

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Black   Eyes: Brown    

I used this in 2009 and took a break from it. Being a product junky, I tried multiple products to get the the desired purpose and long-term effects. This product is the safest choice for my needs.

I knocked off a lippy for two reasons: cost and bad experience with purchasing it directly from the vendor's website. I thought it was pretty awful they made us pay for shipping, but to top it off, it came 4 days later than the said date. They could use better customer service.

But the product itself is great and the above was an isolated incident so I guess I can let it go for now.

Overall, my skin was dewy/glowy, hydrate, and it was reassuring to know that the ingredients are stable and will do what it says it will do. It's a little disconcerting to hear people wanting results right away, since this product is a preventative... I will probably make this my staple for many years to come (of course unless there's a cheaper alternative).

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rated 3 of 5 RosePedalRN on 6/15/2012 1:06:00 PM more reviews by RosePedalRN

Age: 36-43   Skin: Normal, Tan   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Hazel    

This product is THE most expensive vitamin c I have ever purchased, I mean it literally emptied my wallet and to make things worse, I haven't seen any improvement in my skin....the product I received was brown. I once read that vitamin c products are suppose to be from a clear to a tinted yellow. It had a foul odor to it, but I used it anyways since this considered miracle serum is suppose to prevent photo damage.

After giving it a try, the very next morning I just couldn't believe what i was seeing....I noticed small red bumps on the bottom of my chin. I feel like I spend $130 to get red bumps on my chin. If I ever try another vitamin C again, I will either mix my own as you can buy vitamin c serum kits online, or find it somewhere else, after checking prices online found Cosmetic Skin Solutions to be selling some vitamin Cs I will consider without having to worry about digging into my savings account next time..

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rated 2 of 5 bear26 on 6/9/2012 11:31:00 AM more reviews by bear26

Age: 25-29   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

I was actually prescribed/ recommended this by my dermatologist and had a sort or clear skin when I went to see my doctor, except I was having tiny red bumps, small pimples around my mouth. The day after I started using it, I started getting a bad case of acne, like I never had before, multiple, cystic like acne, that took some time to go away, after I stopped using it got better but it took some time to clear up, the pimples just wouldn't go away. One of the ingredients is called Laureth-23 is a number 3 on comedogenic scale, I think this is the reason why I broke out, and when I checked the Skinceuticals webpage I saw that they do not recommend this for acne prone, so it's obviously not good for you, they do have different products for acne prone skin that are probably good, I would try Phloretin CF. CE ferulic was not only bad for me, I gave it to my boyfriend who has very nice skin and he broke out too, smaller acne but lots of them. I would not recommend for acne prone or oily skin, and it does smell quite bad.

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rated 1 of 5 rachaelvictorious on 5/13/2012 3:11:00 AM more reviews by rachaelvictorious

Age: 25-29   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool   Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Hazel    

Like the rest of Skinceuticals products I've tried, this one is over priced and hasn't done anything for my skin. I am down right angry that I paid so much money for something that didn't do !@#$ for my skin.

I found out that you can buy Vitamin C in whatever form you choose for about $5 for 30ml (last me two months and I use it all over my body), and other actives for a shockingly smaller price tag.

I mix my Vitamin C serum up every day to ensure I get the most from it. Takes me all of 20 seconds.

Actually, outside of my chem peels and sunscreen, I mix all my own skin care products and change the actives to suit my needs.

I can categorically say have had better success doing that, than using any pre-mixed product, and saved myself a boat-load of money in the process.

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rated 5 of 5 medsmku on 4/13/2012 11:45:00 AM more reviews by medsmku

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

I've been using this product for about 1 month now. I use this during the day, and Skinceuticals intense line defense at night.


CE ferulic does not break me out in hives or irritate my skin the way phloretin CF did.

My skin is definitely softer, smoother, more even.

I have combo skin, and I think this stuff has helped even out some of that combo-ness (ie no dryness in the dry areas, much less greasy in the greasy areas)

I have a couple of fine lines to my left lower eyelid and left corner of my mouth (all only visible if you put a mirror up very close) that are definitely diminished.

Honestly, I can't say for sure if all of these great changes are due more to the line defense serum (I've been using both products simultaneously and for the same amount of time) or the CE ferulic or the combination of the two.


I guess price, but I just don't mind spending this much when a bottle lasts so long, and the product ACTUALLY WORKS.

Yes, the smell, although I don't find it revolting, just sort of amusing, like, WTF? hot dogs?? Bizarre.

I'll definitely keep using it.

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rated 3 of 5 mirandajulian on 4/5/2012 1:37:00 PM more reviews by mirandajulian

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

I feel so conflicted about this product. I love how it makes my skin look BUT it does make me break out around my chin. I did keep it in the fridge and it did not turn (orangey) until about 12 months after buying it. When you buy this the liquid needs to be clear, if it is not then it has already oxidized and it is no longer effective. I will try Phloretin CF and see if I get the same result but without the breakouts.

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rated 1 of 5 hunienunu on 3/10/2012 12:32:00 PM more reviews by hunienunu

Age: 36-43   Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Green    

Why are there so many parabens and propylene glycol in their products???

Propylene glycol was originally designed to be ANTIFREEZE. Google it and you'll see the issues with this.

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rated 4 of 5 jaeselle on 1/28/2012 2:43:00 PM more reviews by jaeselle

Age: 36-43   Skin: Dry, Medium, Cool   Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Green    

Iíve been using CE Ferulic for 6 years. I have always been a fan of Skinceuticals products and this one tops them all.

- This is antioxidant magic in a bottle, something in here reduces sun spots, and signs of aging (fine lines, skin tone, elasticity and smoothness) like nothing else. Overall I attribute this product to 1 of 3 main items that help my skin stay younger looking). It really imparts a glow from within.

- C E Ferulic is an antioxidant combination that delivers protection against photoaging - neutralizing free radicals, helping build collagen, and providing unmatched antioxidant protection. More protection means more youthful looking skin and better defense against environmental aging.

- 15% pure L-ascorbic acid
- 1% alpha tocopherol
- the addition of ferulic acid doubles the already synergistic benefits of our original high-potency formula, C+E, transforming C E Ferulic into a super-antioxidant combination.

2 years ago when Phloretin CF launched I tried that and it didnít work as well, I have no noticeable results that topped CE Freulic. At $140 itís an investment but worth it and actually should prevent you form having to use multiple products antioxidant b/c this one is so great.

- 1 thing I cannot stand about this product is the godforsaken small- it smells like liquid hotdogs. Because it works so well I keep using it. Not really fun if your SO smells your face after you emerge form the bathroom in the morning- hahaha. For that, it loses 1 star.

One thing I will mention- DO NOT get lured in for the discount price some e-retailers will offer- ONLY buy from unauthorized web retailers. DO NOT order the 6 sample travel sizes--- you cannot guarantee this product will be fresh. I only buy this directly form Skinceuticals or When you receive it, it should be light in color, almost translucent. Every time you open this bottle you expose the serum to oxygen that oxidizes the product and it becomes darker overtime and loses effectiveness, (that is the vitamin C becoming oxidized). I have found keeping this in the refrigerator helps.

Overall great product I would recommend to anyone- great antioxidant benefits.

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